Monday, June 20, 2011


Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to deny that the TWILIGHT series did for young adult (YA) fiction what Harry Potter did for children’s literature—capture adult readers. One of my all time favoriteS is the Hunger Games trilogy which transcended the YA genre and proved that a readers of all ages will flock to a well-written story with a serious theme even if the protagonists are teens.
Several of my friends are YA authors who not only write wonderful books themselves, but eagerly introduce me to books by other YA authors. So here are a few I’ve especially enjoyed lately.
FIRELIGHT by Sophie Jordan
Jacinda is a draki (descendants of dragons who can shift into human form) who is force to flee her “pride” with her mother and sister. Soon she finds that living among humans presents its own deadly dangers

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs
Lily is a mermaid princess living on land and attending a high school where no one knows her real identity. She needs to find a mate before she turns 18 in order to inherit the throne. A surprise kiss from the wrong boy leads to a tidal wave of unexpected consequences.

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
Lena Haloway lives in a government-managed society where everyone is cured of deliria, a.k.a. love when they turn 18. She looks forward to that day until she meets a mysterious young man who makes her doubt the intentions of those in power.

THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting
Violet Ambrose can sense the unique imprint violent deaths leave on the victim and the killer them. With a serial killer murdering young girls, she chooses to risk her own safety to find him.

Do you have any recommendations of YA books you’ve enjoyed? Please share!


Bethany said...

I need to read some of the ones you mentioned. I've read Sophie Jordan's "Firelight" and am looking forward to "Vanish". I recommend Alex Flinn's "Beastly"--a modern retelling of "Beauty & The Beast". "Cloaked" is pretty good (re-telling of several fairytales) and I enjoyed "A Kiss In Time" (retelling of "The Sleeping Beauty") her style is a lot of fun. I also recommend Cameron Dokey's retellings of fairytales, specifically "Belle" (Retelling of "Beauty & The Beast") I've enjoyed Lurlene MacDaniel's, which generally are more serious (and often sad) but very well done. "A Rose For Melinda" was really sweet and "Don't Die My Love" I've read several times. And of course, C.C. Hunter's "Born At Midnight" Is a different take on vampire lore as well as several other paranormal and fantasy creatures--lots of fun, looking forward to the next one coming out in the Fall :-) Great topic, Lark and definitely true. I've started at the recommendation of a library check out lady I know a Tamora Pierce book in a medieval made-up country. In this series girls are finally allowed to become pages and study to become Knights. I haven't gotten very far, but it sounds like fun and I have plans to try out one of her other series as well :-)

Lark Howard said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Bethany! There are so many great books out there!